Melbourne to Adelaide is over 700 km....
And takes nearly eight hours of solid driving.


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Rock music plays all night,
as Rick and Bennie share the driving.

Approaching Adelaide, the DJ on the car radio predicts an afternoon high of 36 degrees Celsius. It is Grand Prix weekend.

Former Grand Prix, Adelaide. Copyright Michel Guntern.

In certain side streets, Sheilas help sizzle steaks and sausages on the barbie, while their menfolk guzzle from tinnies in polystyrene coolers.

The Australian Grand Prix now winds
through Albert Park, in Melbourne
Will Hindley Street ever be the same again?

Some of the standing spectators seem ready for a surfing event.

In shorts and thongs, they slop on some multi- coloured sun- block, slap on a hat, and begin to put their beer capacity to the test.

When the sun sets, Hindley Street is closed off with orange plastic cones and tape, to keep the traffic away from poeple gathering around the bars. This is party street, and it goes on for three nights.

Many travellers choose to use the long-distance buses to travel around Australia, others club together to buy a second-hand car, but they move en mass from one Backpackers hostel to another.

Someone with a thumb out, at the side of the road, gets to meet the characters moving about their own country.

There is only one road north from Adelaide -- through Port Augusta, the interior and Alice Springs -- to Darwin, at the Top End.

It is called Stuart Highway, or The Track.

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Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

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